domenica 8 novembre 2015

E.1.2. The plane of consistency and the unfulfilled questions - ( Pt. II ) - Excerpt from the essay «Money, Revolution and Acceleration in Deleuze and Guattari's Anti-Oedipus», Obsolete Capitalism Free Press/Rizosphere, 2016

The plane of consistency and the unfulfilled questions ( Pt. II )

(Excerpt from the essay «Money, Revolution and the 

Philosophy of the future»)

Through a hypertextual reading of the Anti-Oedipus we hereby unveil the deep meaning of the famous passage «The Civilized Capitalist Machine», locus classicus of the contemporary accelerationist movement.

by Obsolete Capitalism

The questions we can pose to the chapter
The Civilized Capitalist Machine may be divided in «molar» and «molecular». As Felix Guattari says, it is necessary to establish an appropriate «plane of consistency» where everything holds: the molar order and the molecular machines (AOE 287-291). Before listing the molecular questions it may be useful to clarify the concept of «philosophical problem» - which we derive from Bergson - in order to formulate our answers. The French theorist said that in philosophy, as anywhere else “it is matter of question of finding the problem and consequently of positioning it, even more that of solving it. For a speculative problem is solved as soon as it is properly stated.
By that I mean that its solution exists then, although it may remain hidden and so to speak covered up and the only thing left do is to uncover it. But stating the problem is not simply uncovering, it is inventing. Discovery, or uncovering, has to do with what already exists actually or virtually; it is therefore certain to happen sooner or later.” (CM, 51).
Molar question
The meaning of the «accelerationist» passage is overall difficult to comprehend and the various commentators have not submitted satisfactory answers until now (Kerslake, MMDG 61-63).
Molecular questions
1) The problem of the margin-notes in Deleuze and Guattari’s The Civilized Capitalist Machine with reference to the «accelerationist passage» by Nietzsche and the «good reasons» not to quote the «sinister» fragment (Pasquinelli, CSVAI).
2) The supposedly «misquoted» Nietzsche’s fragment, recalled by Deleuze and Guattari in their passage about the «revolutionary path» and «accelerating the process» (Pasquinelli, CSVAI).
3) The enigmatic meaning of the last sentence of the chapter The Civilized Capitalist Machine: «in this matter, the truth is that we haven't seen anything yet.» (AO, 239). This last sentence together with the last lines of the passage, undermines the whole logical meaning of the paragraph and creates the «enigmatic block» as shown by Kerslake’s analysis (Kerslake, MMDG 61-63).
4) The evident contradiction to combine the capitalist monetary flux (the «surplus value of code» for Pasquinelli and «Bernard Schmitt’s economic theory» for Kerslake) with the acceleration of decoded and deterritorialized flux conceived by the «capital» for revolutionary outcomes (as suggested by Pasquinelli and Kerslake) in the chapter The Civilized Capitalist Machine.
5) What is the political and philosophical issue that is concealed behind the “hidden” meaning of the «accelerationist» passage that Deleuze and Guattari try to clarify through the experimental theory of decoded and deterritorialized flows?
The above-mentioned molecular unknown questions gather in a homogeneous combination of micro and macro queries
which need to be accurately answered given the reliability of the proponents and the importance these questions raise in today’s political and social research fields as well as in speculative-philosophical ones. 

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